Our Living Soil Project

Het Glazen Huis, the Orangerie and outside in the park, 4 July –  18 September 2022
With amongst others projects by masharu, Kate Foster, Miek Zwamborn & Rutger Emmelkamp, Jasper Coppes, Jacqueline Heerema, De Onkruidenier.

Our Living Soil is part of the Shadow Floriade

Zone2Source participates in an international programme Our Living Soil, an ambitious 2-year art-science programme supported by the World Congress of Soil Science 2022 in Glasgow “to inspire a deeper public understanding of the importance of soils”. Our Living Soil at Zone2Source in the Amstelpark is a 3-month programme including an exhibition with expeditions, talks, and performances with artists who are involved with the earth and land in various ways. All artists will develop new projects for Our Living Soil which are still in development, some in relationship with the World Soil Museum in Wageningen. A programme of films, outdoor events, talks and expeditions will be organized as part of Our Living Soil.

masharu is an artist in residence at the World Soil Museum with a programme in the fall of 2021. For Our Living Soil, masharu is developing a new version of The Museum of Edible Earth that maps the cultural practices of communities around the world that eat earth. During the exhibition, various events will be organized around the tasting of earth samples, bringing ourselves in a more intimate connection with a nourishing earth.

Kate Foster is a Scottish artist who is working with the World Soil Museum. She deals with peat landscapes and the dried ‘monoliths’ in the museum’s collection, which stand in great contrast to the wet peat soils. She investigates whether the monolithic collection can be revitalized, connects the low and high peatlands in the Netherlands and Scotland and the importance of peat restoration in fighting global warming.

Miek Zwamborn & Rutger Emmelkamp live and work on the Isle of Mull in Scotland where, in  Knockvologan, they invite artists and writers to research the landscape in order to tell new stories about the relationship between humans and nature. For Our Living Soil, they are developing an installation in the form of a hut that is made of natural materials from the island. The work brings together a multitude of crafts, (visual) stories and experiments about the landscape around Knockvologan through tangible and digital media. The visitor can also walk through the virtual landscape that the duo is developing on the island. Including, amongst others, a work of lobster trap sculptures by Eamonn Harnett, tidal blankets by Severine Amsing, virtual interface Land of Angry Waves byBiome Collective, a song by AbBaars and Ig Henneman, and a sound recording of sand fleas by Pete Smith.

Jacqueline Heerema continues a research project that she carried out for Zone2Source in the Land in Wording, a location in the Amstelpark where she organised a 10-meter-deep drilling to be carried out in front of the public during Exploded View in the summer of 2020 and invited a geologist, philosopher and historian to tell the stories about the earth layers that encompass an archive of ten thousands of years. Working at the intersection of art with palaeontology, geology, archaeology & ecology she questioned how natural nature is in Land in Wording. During a residency at the ECKW, she is developing an outdoor sculpture for Land in Wording in addition to performative research into our relationship with the earth as a living climate archive.

Jasper Coppes is working on a film, Poison Lake, about granite powder that has been dumped in the Over de Maas nature reserve after adding a chemical substance, making the dumping controversial. The same granite powder is considered to be a nutrient in Greenland. In the Netherlands too, ‘stone flour’ is scattered to improve impoverished soil. The film explores the two sides of this material. For Our Living Soil, Jasper will develop an installation in which the powder is scattered in the Amstelpark interspersed with footage from the film. The film will premiere at Zone2Source at the end of the exhibition, after which it will travel to other locations.

De Onkruidenier is creating a Schaduw Tuin (shadow garden) in the walled cloister garden of the Belgium pavilion in the Amstelpark, where over a 2 year period, beginning early 2022, they will develop a public programme and practice around gardening and retelling nature-culture stories. The Schaduw Tuin will become part of Our Living Soil with a special programme on soil and gardening.

Earth drilling with Jacqueline Heerema in Land in Wording, Amstelpark, as part of Exploded View (2020).


Exhibitions, Shadow Floriade, Upcoming